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Shawabty of King Tanwetamani

This is a shawabty belonging to King Tanwetamani. The male figure wears a tripartite wig and has a long beard. There is one unframed column of incised text on the front of the figure. This mummiform shape does not have a back pillar but it has a small base. Here the hands are opposed and the...

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From el-Kurru, horse grave 213, originally from Ku. 16 (tomb of Tanwetamani). 1919: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Tanwetamani, 664–653 B.C.


el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 8.6 cm (3 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes